That Recent Brutally Cold Weather? It’s Getting Rarer.

With climate change warming the Arctic air, researchers say, cold snaps are getting warmer. The recent spell of cold was an outlier.

Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.Climate change has made severe cold spells like the one that recently gripped the Northeast far less common than they used to be, a team of researchers has found.The reason is straightforward: The Arctic has warmed so much — twice as fast in recent decades than other parts of the world — that when polar air descends to lower latitudes, the cold snaps are warmer on average. So a s...